Air Zoo partners to promote STEM careers by offering flight experiences

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The flights will utilize the cockpit of a small aircraft to highlight STEM concepts and learning while introducing youth to aviation-focused careers. Courtesy Air Zoo

The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center is partnering with a nonprofit to offer free educational flight experience to middle and high school students in the greater Kalamazoo area.

The flights will be administered by STEM Flights’ volunteer pilot mentors and are designed to ignite the interest of students in aviation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, as well as art, which has been an ongoing Air Zoo initiative.

The flights will utilize the cockpit of a small aircraft to highlight STEM concepts and learning while introducing youth to aviation-focused careers.

“When we can inspire students with the wonders of flight, we can show them that anything is possible,” said Troy Thrash, president and CEO of Air Zoo, “including an aviation or STEM career.”

A group of five area students received the first scheduled STEM Flight program Saturday at the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center.

Saturday’s event was the kickoff of a permanent program in the area. Participating students will learn the STEM curriculum online and will be provided follow-up resources for pursuing careers in STEM and aviation after the completion of their flight.

Students can sign up online, by visiting STEM Flights to participate in the flight program.

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